The Rogue Neuron
Andrea is a Behavior Therapist and Consultant for children on the autism spectrum, residing in the state of FL; her background is in cognitive neuroscience and psychology, with expertise in Asperger’s Syndrome, or high-functioning autism. She teaches social skills, communication, and behavior intervention in home and community settings, training both children as well as parents on methods of therapy. She has conducted workshops for parents, teachers, and therapists on topics such as reinforcement, play, behavior intervention strategies, and generalization.
Andrea works as a researcher with METODO Social Sciences Institute, the US branch of METODO Transdisciplinary Research Group on Social Sciences, based in Bogotá, Colombia, investigating the neuro-cognitive factors behind human behavior- this includes topics such as creativity, intelligence, illegal behavior, and disorders on the divergent-convergent thinking spectrum of schizophrenia and autism. She has published papers on the neuroscience of creativity, intelligence, and the analysis of illegal behavior and the creative rule-breaking process.
As well as being a researcher of creativity, she is also herself a fine artist and has been trained in various visual communication medium, ranging from traditional drawing to digital painting, graphic design, and 3D modeling and animation for the medical and behavioral sciences. She has done numerous freelance illustration and creative projects in a variety of scientific fields, including designing and installing a temporary exhibit for CMNH on the Triceratops Horridus.
Andrea is an Affiliate Scholar at IEET, and on the Neuroscience, Futurists, and Media & Arts Boards for The Lifeboat Foundation. She considers herself a science and science communication activist.
She is hopelessly obsessed with her pet Yorkies- Lucius, Titus, and Rufus.